SUO Challenge #172

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I entered this challenge because the theme is Sympathy and Caring and I have been meaning to make a card for my Grandmother because last week my Grandpa passed away. He had been sick and it was expected but it still leaves a hole in us, doesn’t it?

My Grandmother is not big on attention or sympathy for herself so my card is more just a, I love you and I’m here for you all the time type card. I love her so much and I really miss my Grandpa already. I don’t share a lot of personal stuff so excuse me this time around.

I hope you get inspiration from my card. It’s using one of my favorite colors that is retiring this year and I’m kinda sad about it, Mint Macaron.

Here is a link to the retiring list.  It is *While Supplies Last* so don’t wait too long!  The new Catalog comes out on June 1st.

Thanks for stopping by,

Your BFF,

Jenn

 


Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop

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I’m excited that it’s time once again for the Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop!  It runs the first Friday of the month and the projects that you see are from Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators from all around the globe using a common theme.

This month our theme is: OUR FAVORITE BUNDLE!

I had such a hard time choosing this time around because I have a few favorites right now.  But the one that is most fun to use currently is the Dragonfly Dreams Bundle.  This dragonfly set makes the most beautiful cards and there are so many different ways you can stamp the dragonfly or cut the dies.  Here are a few examples of cards I’ve made using this set:

Tomorrow I am attending OnStage Local here in San Diego and demonstrators from all over are getting sneak peeks of the new Annual Catalog that comes out in June.  I’m so excited to see the new bundles that will be available.  They’ve already given us some peeks at new In-Colors 2017-2019.  Hint: They are in the OnStage letters! SShhhh…

So pretty!  And one suite called Eastern Palace.  Amazing things done with that bundle already!

Don’t forget to sign up for Paper Pumpkin before April 10th to receive the FREE gift Sara has included in this anniversary box!  Sara designed it herself and you won’t want to miss out on all the goodness. Click on the photo below to sign up!  “Bold, vibrant, and artistic—with a little bit of sass,” is how Stampin’ Up! CEO Sara Douglass described the kit she designed for the April Paper Pumpkin.

I hope you get some inspiration from these dragonflies.  Up next is the amazing Marieke Bart with her favorite bundle.  If you need to go back, click previous to see Angélique Stempelkeuken.  Thanks for hopping with us!

Your BFF,

Jenn

Marieke Bart

Angélique Stempelkeuken

Here’s a list of everyone participating today:

1. Sarah McDermott www.papercraftartistry.blogspot.co.uk
2. Courtenay Heuston www.bagsthatone.blogspot.com.au
3. Anja Reuss www.stempelitis.de
4. Lisa Hardie www.thestampingirl.com
5. Georgia Missy Gaydos www.Livinlovinstampinwithgg.blogspot.com
6. Kimberley Anne Morris http://procrastistamper.blogspot.com
7.Hannah Jones www.hancraftedcards.com
8. Christine Wrede WWW.stempeltamtam.blogspot.com
9. Erica Jones http://fortheheartofstamping.blogspot.ca/
10. Angélique Stempelkeuken http://stempelkeuken.blogspot.com
11. Jenn Curtis Charles www.bffStampers.com  <<<<< YOU ARE HERE
12. Marieke Bart www.mintymik.blogspot.com

Upcoming events and classes (Register on my Facebook Page under events):

April 8 – Demonstrators Only: ONSTAGE Local

April 11 – OnStage Sneak Peek Stamp Camp

April 24 – Paper Pumpkin Open House (bring your Paper pumpkin and let’s play)

April 29 – Open Crop Day at Sew Easy Studio

 


Global Blog Hop #7: Sketch Challenge!

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Welcome to another month of the Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop!  This month we’ve got a sketch challenge!  Here’s the sketch:

Here’s what I made:

It’s my dad’s birthday today, so I had made this card for him using the sketch.  I really like the stamp set, Guy Greetings because it sums up my dad perfectly.  He was always working on a car or fixing things around the house.  Yes, he really did teach me, righty-tighty, lefty-loosey!  And I’ve since taught my kids!   The argyle print in the Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack is the perfect addition to a masculine card, in my opinion.  Love you DAD!

What can you create using this sketch? Leave a comment, along with a link to your blog and I’ll come check it out!

Tomorrow is my monthly Stamp Camp.  RSVP on the Event page over on the BFF Stampers facebook page if you’d like to join us.  This is the last month to enter to win the April Stamp Camp for FREE!  Just bring a new friend and you and your friend will get an entry into the raffle!

Shop my Stampin’ Up! store HERE and don’t forget to use Hostess Code: 3AGXYPCB and you will receive a surprise in the mail from me!

Don’t forget!  SALE-A-BRATION is still in full swing!  Check out the brochure of all the FREE exclusive items you can only get with a $50 purchase!  They’ve even added some new stuff!

Sale-A-Bration ends March 31, 2017!  You don’t want to miss out!

Hope to see you soon!!

Your BFF,

Jenn

Hit the Next button and check out what Angélique Stempelkeuken created with the sketch!  Or go back to Cary Buckham by clicking on the Previous Button.  Thanks for joining us!

Here’s a list of everyone participating in today’s blog hop in case you get lost.

1. Sarah McDermott www.papercraftartistry.blogspot.co.uk
2.Cary Buckham Www.2biggirlscrafting.blogspot.co.uk
3. Jenn Curtis Charles http://bffs.dehaine.com/2017/02/25/global-blog-hop-7/
4.Angélique Stempelkeuken www.stempelkeuken.blogspot.com
5. Christine Wrede www.stempeltamtam.blogspot.com
6. Claire Napper www.cluxycrafts.blogspot.com
7. Georgia Missy Gaydos www.livnlovnstampnwithgg.blogspot.com
8. Lisa Hardie www.thestampingirl.com
9 Kimberley Anne Morris www.procrastistamper.blogspot.com
10.Marieke Bart www.mintymik.blogspot.nl

 

 


Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop 6-Color Challenge!

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Hi and Welcome to the BFF Stampers blog. I’m so excited to be participating in our 6th Blog Hop.  All of these crafters are so talented and I’m blessed to be united with them.

Today on our blog hop we have a color challenge!  I hope you are inspired by the three colors we have chosen.  The colors are So Saffron, Rose Red and Wild Wasabi.  These colors are really beautiful together.

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When I do a color challenge, I like to get out all the cardstock and ink of the colors that I have.  I play around and stamp different images but the thing that is in right now is watercoloring!  I have to admit, I am absolutely no good at watercoloring.  I’ve tried all the different techniques and I just can’t get it right.  So for this card, I pulled out my trustworthy Watercolor Wash background stamp.  You can’t go wrong with a built in water color look.

Watercolor dragonflies

Doesn’t that black really make the colors pop?  I used my Aqua Painter and dampened the whole stamp first, then I squeezed a little ink onto the lid of the stamp pad and used my aqua painter to paint the layers onto the stamp.  Then stamped it onto watercolor paper.  And it’s watercolored.  And I liked it!  And yes, I’m pleasantly surprised!

I think these dragonflies might be my favorite set from the new catalog.  The background paper I used in the photo is called Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper.  It is a Sale-A-Bration product that you can get for FREE with a $50 purchase.  It’s 12 sheets of black and white scrapbook paper, perfect for coloring!  What is your favorite product from the new catalogs?

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This Saturday, Feb. 4th I’m having the Occasions Kick Off Stamp Camp.  We will be making these cards plus a surprise Valentine Card and demoing some fun product.  We might even get to color some of that paper from above with the new Watercolor Pencils!  It starts at 6 p.m. at Sew Easy Studio here in Ramona.  Check out the Facebook Page at BFF Stampers and click on Events.  Don’t forget your adhesive and paper snips.

Thank you for joining me on the hop!  Next you will enjoy the creativity of Kimberley Anne Morris.

Happy Stamping,

Jenn

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Here’s a list of all the blogs participating in case you get lost 🙂

1. Sarah McDermott www.papercraftartistry.blogspot.co.uk
2. Hannah Jones www.hancraftedcards.com
3. Angélique Stempelkeuken www.stempelkeuken.blogspot.com
4.Kristie Neal Walthall www.Kwcrafts.wordpress.com
5. Christine Wrede www.stempeltamtam.blogspot.com
6. Jenn Curtis Charles Www.bffstampers.com  <———–YOU ARE HERE
7. Kimberley Anne Morris www.procrastistamper.blogspot.com
8. Anja Reuss www.stempelitis.de
9. Marieke Bart www.MintyMik.blogspot.nl
10. Claire Napper www.cluxycrafts.blogspot.com

 


Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop/Occasions Catalog & Sale-A-Bration

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Hi BFF’s!!! I’m so happy to get back into a schedule after all the hustle and bustle of Christmas and New Year’s. I pray that all of you and your families had a safe and happy New Year and that you all got the love you wanted for Christmas 🙂

So Phew! We’re back and do we have some exciting news for you! Stampin’ Up! 2017 Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration is available to look at and buy from! Squeal! And we hope you will love it as much as we do.  There’s beautiful Valentine’s Day stuff and surly Manly stuff.  Dragonflies, Hot Air Balloons and Succulents!  Ice cream, Circus and Heros! Such a variety! The blog hop today is showcasing some of the items from the new catalog, so here goes!

My absolute favorite is the balloon pop up dies. I just used them to make invitations for a birthday party!  They were so fun and and easy way to add something spectacular.

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Here is the video straight from Stampin’ Up! showing you exactly how to use the dies.

There are so many fabulous stamps, designer series paper and adorable little embellishments, that you will not have a problem finding $50 worth of stuff to buy.  And for every $50 you spend in product, you receive something free from the Sale-A-Bration brochure!  You can not buy the product from the SAB, you’ve got to earn it!  So come check out the catalog and let me know what’s on your wish list!  If you do not have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, then I’d love to send you a catalog.  Just contact me and let me know!

Here’s a few more cards using new items.

This baby card is made with a sentiment from the Stamp Set, All Things Thanks.

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And this card is made from a stamp set called Window Shopping, but the stamp set is not the best part!  The best part is the Window Box Thinlet Die that you can buy to go with it!  I’ll add the video below.

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We went to a meeting with our team and got some adorable cards using their pre-orders also.

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How to earn free stamps:

  1. Shop!!!  Buy online or buy in person:  For every $50 you spend on product out of ANY catalog or online in the clearance, you will receive a FREE Sale-A-Bration item of your choice from the brochure.
  2. Join Stampin’ Up!! : Become a Happy Shopper!  It’s the best time of year to join Stampin’ Up! During Sale-A-Bration, you can become a demonstrator for just $99 USD and choose TWO additional stamp sets for your Starter Kit—any stamp set, any price! (Excludes Sale-A-Bration sets and bundles.) Plus, the kit ships for free!  Once you join, you can shop for 20% off!  And that’s what we call Happy Shoppers! 🙂

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Thank you for joining us on this blog hop!  I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the new product available with Stampin’ Up!  For more great ideas with the new Occasions Catalog, check out our Pinterest page where we pin some of our stuff and lots of other people’s awesome stuff!

Next up is Marieke with some awesome creations or you can go back by checking out Kristie and her fabulous crafts!  See you next time!

Your BFF’s,

Jenn and Lisa

 

 


Onstage Excitement and Sneak Peek at the Occasions 2017 Catalog!

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Good morning BFFs!

Well, we’ve just come back from Stampin’ Up! Onstage, and we’ve brought back some stamping goodness!  I have a lot to share with you – from our Stampin’ Up! family photos to new stamp sets, so let me begin!

First, I want to take a moment and congratulate our SU mom, Natalie Travis on achieving #94 in the Stampin’ Up! Global Top 100!  This is a well earned acknowledgment as she provides support and leadership to our wonderful team of SU demonstrators!  We are so happy for her!!

img_1712img_1695As for our little part of the Stampin’ Up! World, it was really awesome to meet the other demonstrators that are part of our group.  We are all Independent Demonstrators that run our own businesses, but at the heart we are a family that support each other! Meeting them in person was a highlight of my time at OnStage!

 

 

 

The Occasions 2017 Catalog Goes Live January 4, 2017!

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2016 Occasions Catalog

We have been lucky enough to see all 55 pages of Stamping Goodness contained within these pages!  You’re going to need a BIG Wish List for this catalog, because not only does The Occasions Catalog go live on January 4, so does SALE-A-BRATION!!  For every $50 you spend you get to pick a FREE item from the SALE-A-BRATION Catalog!!

BFF Stampers will be having a Catalog Launch Party on Saturday, January 7!

While at Onstage, Stampin’ Up! spoiled us by giving us some FREE goodies out of the 2017 Occasions Catalog.  BFF is excited to share those goodies in a SNEAK PEEK for you!  Below are 4 stamp sets out of the 2017 Occasions Catalog:  Balloon Adventures, Cool Treats, All Things Thanks and Window Shopping!  I can tell you that 3 of these sets have creatively, wonderful Thinlits that go along with the stamp set!  Window Shopping has an awesome little gift box Thinlit that offers numerous possibilities!    Jenn and I created just a few simple cards from 3 of these sets.

Product from the 2017 Occasions Catalog.

Product from the 2017 Occasions Catalog.

More SNEAK PEEKS from the 2017 Occasions Catalog and the SALE-A-BRATION Catalog coming soon!

Happy Stamping!

Your BFF’s,

Lisa & Jenn